In celebration of the diversity of our student body, we commemorate many of our student nationalities throughout the year. This celebration involves serving traditional food in both canteens.
Our first event this term is to celebrate the St George’s Day of England, on 22nd April.
23rd April is the anniversary of the death of St George, the patron saint of England.
Born around 280 A.D in Turkey, he was a Roman soldier, executed for being a Christian.
Legend states that the town of Silene in Israel was guarded by a dragon. In order to get water, the inhabitants of the town had to offer a daily human sacrifice to the dragon. On the day St George visited the town, a princess was selected to be sacrificed. George slayed the dragon, saved the princess and gave the people of Silene access to water. In gratitude, the inhabitants of the town converted to Christianity.
It wasn’t until the 14th Century that George was recognised as the patron saint of the Most Noble Order of the Garter by King Edward III - he was an ideal of martial valor and selflessness, a Christian martyr.
St George’s Day used to be a national holiday in England. It is now an observance that is celebrated with parades, dancing and other activities. Flags with the image of St George’s cross are flown on some buildings and a few people wear a red rose on their lapel.
Did you know?
The Union Jack flag of the United Kingdom is a combination of flags of the Patron Saint’s of England, Scotland and Ireland.
- England is only one of the four nations which makes up the United Kingdom (with Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and has a population of 59 million people.
- Queuing is quintessentially English - to jump a queue is considered very rude! If you jump a queue at London’s Transport Ticket Machines it is actually illegal, and you could be fined up to £1000 (RM5000).
- England fought the shortest war in history. The Anglo-Zanzibar War commenced at 9am on 27th August 1896 and finished 38-45 minutes later !!!
- England is home to the strangest sport - Cheese Rolling! Every spring an 8lb round of Double Gloucester is rolled down Cooper Hill. Participants chase the cheese and whoever catches it, wins !
- England is the birthplace of many famous scientists including:
- Chicken Tikka Masala is considered as the country’s national dish! Despite originating from India.
- No monarch is allowed to set foot inside the House of Commons. This dates back to 1642 when Charles I stormed the commons to arrest 5 members.
- Plug sockets will never be found in bathrooms due to strict Health & Safety rules.
- Scones are an important part of British culture, but there is an intense debate as to whether you add the cream or the jam first! How do you eat yours?
- The world wide web (www) was invented in England by Tim Berner-Lee.
At JB Campus Chef Rizzal will be preparing the following English menu
Roast beef, roasted carrots, broccoli & cauliflower with Yorkshire pudding and gravy
Fish and chips and mushy peas and tartar sauce
Vegetarian bubble and squeak with pilaf rice
At EP Campus Chef Asrul will be preparing:
Fish and chips with garden peas
Beef Wellington with sauteed mixed vegetables and garlic wholemeal baguette
Butternut squash mushroom risotto and mixed salad